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Aruba is a small island in the Caribbean Sea that is officially a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is often referred to by its nickname: “One Happy Island.”

Its location is just 29km off the coast of Venezuela. The island itself is only 10km wide at its widest point.

What makes the island so different from its neighbors is that Aruba is arid and dry. It is more reminiscent of a desert than a tropical island, complete with cacti strewn across its landscape. That does provide one unique advantage. Visiting Aruba means one is almost always guaranteed to experience warmth and plenty of sunshine.

Aruba’s beaches come in many different shapes and sizes. You’ll find white sands and crystal-clear blue waters awaiting you. The sunsets are particularly spectacular and several providers offer a calendar that references the specific times for sunset so romantic activities can be planned.

Be sure to see the Natural Pool, hidden in a rock formation that juts out into the ocean. It is the best day trip the island offers. You might also enjoy a drive to the California Lighthouse, a tour of the Aruba Aloe Factory, or the 7 natural bridges that can be found on the island. There is even an ostrich farm you can visit if you wish.

Nearly 20% of the island is devoted to Arikok National Park, home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire Caribbean. The island is also a popular destination for water sports, hosting an internationally recognized windsurfing competition each year.

Diving, snorkeling, and other water sports are world-class on Aruba, as is the fishing. You can book a 5-star resort experience, tour museums, or get to know the culture better with a guest-house stay. You are in control of your holiday in Aruba, so be sure to plan the perfect adventure.

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Oranjestad, capital of Aruba

Sometimes called Playa, Oranjestad, Aruba is located on the western end of the island and provides immediate access to some of the best beaches that are available. Built around Fort Zoutan in the 18th century, the town originally didn’t even have a name. It was simply a place where horses were bred, raised, and exported. In Oranjestad, you’ll be able to engage your retail therapy needs before you enjoy some time in the sun. Along the main street of the city,...

Travel resources for Aruba.

How is the weather in Aruba ?

Oranjestad
few clouds
28 ° C
28 °
28 °
74 %
9.8kmh
20 %
Mon
28 °
Tue
27 °
Wed
27 °
Thu
27 °
Fri
27 °

Official holidays in Aruba

Below you can see a list of the official holidays

DateEnglishRemarks
January 1New YearFixed
January 25Betico Croes DayFixed
Carnival MondayCarnival MondayVariable
March 18National Flag DayFixed
Good FridayGood FridayVariable
Easter MondayEaster MondayVariable
April 27Kings DayFixed
May 1Labor DayFixed
Ascencion DayAscencion DayVariable
December 25Christmas DayFixed
December 26Boxing DayFixed
Aruba

List of Airports in Aruba IATA

Below you can see a list of IATA airports in Aruba, sorted in International, Domestic and Regional airports. Use the search field if you need information about a specific airport.

CITYCOUNTRYICAOIATANAMETYPE
OranjestadArubaTNCAAUAQueen Beatrix International Airport International
List of Aruba IATA Airports

What is the capital of Aruba

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Oranjestad, capital of Aruba

Sometimes called Playa, Oranjestad, Aruba is located on the western end of the island and provides immediate access to some of the best beaches that are available. Built around Fort Zoutan in the 18th century, the town originally didn’t even have a name. It was simply a place where horses were bred, raised, and exported. In Oranjestad, you’ll be able to engage your retail therapy needs before you enjoy some time in the sun. Along the main street of the city,...